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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 34
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003)
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Photo of mobud
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored into pint glass from bottle.

A- Night black with a creamy head that remained til the end.

S- Deep roasted malt with alittle chocolate underneath.

T- At first, I tasted the oatmeal, but soon felt the malt take over.

M- Creamy smooth, almost nitro-like with a lite boozy feel on the tongue. I let each sip linger because I was really enjoying this beer.

D- I would get this beer again. My buddy got this for me and I was not crazy about stouts, but it won me over.

mobud, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin tan head on a black body but when held to light it gets some brown hues.
S- Some oatmeal and chocolate aromas, light metallic, hints of coffee, light grass hops.
T- Big oatmeal flavors with a light backing of roasted malts. A decent helping of grass hops to help balance it out and they leave a nice bitterness on the tongue.
M- Medium to full body with low carbonation.
D- I think it is a pretty tasty oatmeal stout. It could do with a little bit bigger oatmeal but other than that it is very nice.

BlindPig, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant surprise on-tap brought by Consumer's Beverage at the Buffalo Raceway brewfest. Lots of lace, dry stout - could this be the oatmeal or a new addition? Some chocolate and coffee and roast, but not too much of it. More or less balanced. Decent stout.

Sammy, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of jpagewatts
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Beige/cream colored head over a solid black beer

S- oats and cream predominantly. very rich, with a hint of roasted coffee

T- chocolate at first, then coffee with some lingering bitterness

M- full bodied with a dry finish, classic stout characteristics

D- good, not overpowering

jpagewatts, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of HugoGrim
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint. The label states it was bottled on 8/28/2006.

Black almost red body with a thin cream head.

Aroma is quite complex: oats and coffee, but with an underlying spiciness.

Flavor is full and quite smooth. Quite a good oatmeal stout, it paired well with some after dinner cheeses.

HugoGrim, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/23/07 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong chocolate with roasted malt, oats and a little bit of hops.

T: Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt and oats start out. There’s a good hops presence for a beer in this style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet. This is one of the better tasting organic beers that I’ve had.

M: Crisp and very smooth, very heavy body, medium carbonation, dry but sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, extremely filling, good representation of style but not quite up there with other Oatmeal Stouts that I’ve had. Since the beer is so filling I can’t see myself having more than one or two, but it’s a good sipper.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of yeastpuppet
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque in the pint glass with 1"of foam that dissipates to an 1/8 inch , light brown layer .

Appealing smell of dark malts , coffee , and slight chocolate . No hop aroma that I can discern .

Taste is not as full as I expected , coffee hits first with some dark malt and chocolate/bitterness that leads to a pleasant , lingering finish .

Mouth feel is light with an amount of carbonation (light) that dos'nt get in the way of the flavors .

Quite drinkable .,with a taste that grows on you . I'll have another .

yeastpuppet, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of lehows
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Wolaver's Brown Ale and wasn't that impressed but I thought I'd give the oatmeal stout a chance. Poured a thick opaque black color with a dense and coarse tan head that rose quickly after the pour. Head dissipated but left an attractive tan ribbon. Good lacing too. Great aromas of dark chocolate, lots of roasted coffee beans and some noticeable hops. Awesome flavors of coffee, chocolate, coffee, a touch of hops, and roasted barley. Coffee is the dominant flavor here and it's done very well. A great offering from Wolaver's.

lehows, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of Braudog
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle, poured a pitch-black, motor-oil color with a solid foam tan head ... the last bits dripped from the lip of the bottle with the black gold melting into the big head without a trace. The aroma is a dessert-like heaven ... fudge-like chocolate, bit of espresso heat. The first swig is a nice delivery of toasty coffee. As it warms, the dark, bitter chocolate comes through the java more assertively, but this is still a roasty, toasty cup of cold Colombian coffee ... (#2679, 2/3/07)

Braudog, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with garnet highlights and a moderate head that fails to retain or leave much lacing

Smell: Pleasant coffee aroma combined with a discernable oat influence

Taste: Starts out with a bitter coffee flavor that increases in intensity by mid-palate, with a slight grapefruit fruitiness; after, the swallow, some bitter charcoal flavors join the fray but the overall bitterness mellows out in the finish as the calming oats make their impact

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a touch thin for the style

Drinkability: Having been disappointed by a number of the Wolaver's beers, I was hesitant to try this but it is not a bad Oatmeat Stout at all; the coffee flavor is beguiling and it has a nice bitter quality - a bit more body would make this first rate

brentk56, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut with a generous infusion of crimson. I'm able to see light on the opposite side of the glass, despite the fact that this is a dreary, overcast day. The head is the color of toasted wheat bread; fairly light for a stout. It has deflated from two fingers to one finger in the several minutes since the pour and doesn't look as if it's interested in leaving much lace.

The nose is right on the money for an oatmeal stout. I can't appreciate oatmeal (obviously), but I can appreciate plenty of well-roasted barley with strong overtones of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Especially the last of those. Please let the flavor follow suit.

It does, it does. Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout packs gobs of flavor into a relatively light-hued, light-bodied beer. Black coffee, unsweetened baker's chocolate and grapefruit zest lead the way. I can't tell if the invigorating bitterness is due to the bitter char of the strenuously roasted grain (barley, wheat and oats) or is due to the hops (Hallertauer, Magnum and Cascade). Probably both.

The beer is almost, but not quite, bitter and dry enough to be considered an Irish dry stout rather than an oatmeal stout. There are just enough malt sugars running interference to keep things from becoming astringent and biting. Hopheads should find plenty to like.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel doesn't quite meet the high bar set by the aroma and the flavor. If you like your stouts light and snappy, you'll like this one. I like mine full and chewy (or at least heading in that direction), so I'm less than impressed. It's more than adequate though, and works in the grand scheme of a sub-6% stout.

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout is the second best Otter Creek/Wolaver's beer that I've had to date (Otter Creek Pale Ale still wears the crown). It's a fine effort that is good because it delivers where it matters most: flavor. Sessioning this one should be no problem at all.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of Damian
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Beverage Mart, Newington, CT
Label read: bottled on 9/16/06

Poured a translucent black with mocha colored highlights at the fringes of the glass. The thin film of fizz (no head to speak of) quickly faded to a tiny ring of lace.

Aroma was outstanding. Rich and full with dry, whole grain oats and sweet, cereal-like notes (kind of like sticking your nose in a box of Quaker Oats). Deep roasted malts and some peaty smokiness were apparent as well.

The taste was full-flavored with strong, dry, oatmeal-like characteristics as well. Some faintly detectable caramel malts up front before the oats and distinct dryness became apparent. The flavors became more intense as they moved to the rear of the palate, with dark roasted malts, espresso/burnt coffee notes and a noticeable hop bite leaving the palate feeling bone dry. Deep, roasted malts and toasted oats carried into the long-lived aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied (thinner then expected) and a bit flat.

Drinkability however was quite good. I don't think I have had an oatmeal stout that had such strong, oatmeal-like characteristics.

While this beer has its imperfections, its near perfect balance of flavors combined with its light body made for a pleasant and memorable drinking experience.

Damian, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 11/13/06 consumed on 1/1/07

AP: Pours a totally opaque Darkest brown color with a fizzy but thin looking brownish colored head that dissipated to a swirl and a thick rim around the edges. This is a fairly thick looking beer.

Nose: Mild chocolaty malts>french roast coffee>Burnt grains>herbal hops

Taste: Mmmm...this has really great oatmeal stout flavor! Mild Chocolaty malted flavor>Burnt wheat and oats>French roast-style coffee>Herbal and mildly bitter but hearty hop finish.

MF: This is a heavy lookng, medium body brew that feels substantial in the mounth but clean and rather smooth going down. It's actually a bit light and thin feeling for the style.

DA: This is highly drinkable stuff. Good Organic.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours almost black with a tan head. Notable lacing.

Smell: It starts with a hint of caramel and black strap molasses, followed by a suggestion of butterscotch and chocolate malts in the nose.

Taste: Dark roasted malts and grains, molasses, tree bark, coffee and chocolate, result in a simple balanced oatmeal stout flavor. It is straightforward and quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a big body. Nice through the mouth.

Drinkability: As a stout fan I found this a very easy stout. It is one I could keep in my glass all night long, though certainly not a chugging beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of xoqx
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a twist-top brown bottle with a bottled-on-date, this Vermont brewed organic oatmeal stout poured very dark brown, only revealing some dark garnet coloring when held up to the light. The tan head was somewhat thin and flimsy with a rapid deterioration, but then managed to maintain a sheet of foam throughout the drinking of the glass. There was little lacing, but what was there was thick. The smell is biscuity and nutty with coffee scents. The taste is full of caramel, coffee, chocolate and toasty, slightly smoked vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and then finishes dryly. Very drinkable. Great beer.

xoqx, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a near-black that only shows off its reddish-brown edges when held near the light. Not much head to speak of, and it quickly became a thin foam blanket and a few big bubbles.

S: Pronounced burnt/roasted grain up front with some dark, bitter chocolate underneath that. Some walnut and a hint of dark coffee.

T/M: Roasted grain up front, with a small amount of black coffee. I'm not picking up any chocolate, though it was definitely in the aroma. Balanced with a hoppiness that's part bitter, part citric, part piney/earthy. Finish is long, burnt, and has a nice light bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, creamy-feeling, and is just a few tingly bubbles away from being the ideal oatmeal stout mouthfeel.

D: A beer I can get excited about considering how easy it is for me to get. It's certainly easier to get than my preferred oatmeal stout (Anderson Valley's Barney Flats), so I can see adding this to my routine. It's a pretty bold beer, big on flavor and easy to put away. Yeah, I'll have another, please. Really, really nice beer.

rarevos, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of normZurawski
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good all around, from top to bottom.

Looks nice, basically as it should. Dark. Aroma is burnt/toasted maltish. Very distinct. Flavor the same. Dark & rich, malt carries it. Good aftertaste. Mouthfeel thick, rich. Easy to drink.

Good beer, easy to drink and tasty. Maybe a tad one dimensional but maybe not. I like it, will buy it again.

normZurawski, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of skivtjerry
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not as opaque as a stout should be - more of a deep garnet color. Heavy aroma and flavor of roasted barley, but not the body or smoothness to back it up. Quite malty, but it's in the background. Would be much better as a brown ale if most of the roast and black barley was removed.

skivtjerry, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa, heavy on the roased oats. I really dont get much more ou of this beer in either smell or taste. Its good a what it does, but this isn a terribly complex beer. I tend not to like my oatmeal stouts in the bottle as much, as this example isnt as smooth. Maybe this would improve on nitro. I'd still prefer a Sammy Smith over this.

tempest, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of alysmith4
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first oatmeal stout.. delicious! It was on tap at the eco-festival in DC - a featured beer as it is orgainic. Was expecting an oatmeal taste, but nothing but coffee and chocolate were coming though. Carbonation was minimal. I'm not drawn to this style, but would order this one again to change it up from time to time.

alysmith4, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of TrickKnee
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok its starting to be fall and let me tell you this this is a great fall and winter beer. I am starting to love, and i do mean oatmeal stouts and this is a damn fine one if you want my homest opinion. IT was almost pure black with a white head that could give you a mustache. COnsidering it is all organic ingredients i was very impressed with how good it was. If you like oatmeal stouts than i would say make sure this one is on your list.

TrickKnee, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear very dark brown with amber hues
and a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a fine layer
with good lacing.

The smell is all roasty and toasty and has big notes of hot chocolate.

The taste is really big. Roasted malt and a semi sweet molasses grab my taste buds right from the go and there's a hop bitterness that doesn't show up for me until near the finish but it does give the over all presentation of this oatmeal stout the proper umphh.

Bottom line: This is a sample of the style that everyone should try given the chance.

Bitterbill, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of woemad
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49, I believe. According to the label this was bottled on 3/20/06. I haven't had a lot of luck with organic ales. I applaud the sentiment behind them and am happy to support the theory, but every beer labeled organic that I've tried has turned out to be thoroughly mediocre - at best.

Poured a jet black color that would block out the sun. If held up to light, there is an ever so slight garnet hue at it's extreme edges.3/4 inch tan head that dropped in about 2 minutes but left a skiff of foam behind. Vague, spotty lace.

Smell is a combination of fresh, dark roast coffee beans, sweet molasses and dark chocolate. No scent is terribly big, but they are definitely noticeable.

The taste on this is pleasing without being stellar. There's a roasty, coffee flavor that is paired up with a dark chocolate sweetness. The balance between the two is pretty even. There's a mild dryness at the swallow.

I do wish this had a little more body to it, as it seems a little watery for an oatmeal stout. Still, compared to my luck with most organic ales, it's not too bad.

This is a middle of the road stout that has a nice roasty bite to it and is coupled with a sweetness that never takes over. If it had a little more substantial body to it I would be ery impressed by it. Instead, it's good , but not great.

woemad, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black hue with a two finger white foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of a strong coffee and toasted grain aroma, highlighted with elements of cocoa and toffee.

The flavor was that of bitter coffee. Excellent toasted grain aftertaste. Little to no sweetness. Finished very dry.

The mouthfeel was full but very dry.

Overall, a nice oatmeal stout. Not as smooth as most, but the sharpness was very enjoyable.

plaid75, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Steve's - University, bottled 12/13/05

appearance: pours into a pint glass...dark charcoal-mahogany body, very light garnet tint, creamy tan-khaki head

smell: very rich and robust...bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt malt, cocoa powder, big espresso aromas as well, very lightly hopped

taste: big roasted malt, burnt malt flavours, cocoa powder and sweet dark chocolate, espresso, oatmeal flavours are light, trace citrus hopping...an all around "burnt" flavour which gives this beer a nice character

mouthfeel: pretty creamy, roasty

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Aug 02, 2006
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.